June 06 1919/2019
Montrose – Twenty-seven young people graduated from the High School the past week. Miss Sarah Robinove was valedictorian of the class and Mildred Aldrich, salutatorian. ALSO With the echoes of guns along a far-flung battle-line still ringing in the ears of the nation, Memorial Day had a more sacred meaning. The sacrifices of the young men of the county brought war’s terrors and losses anew to the hearts who went through the long War of the Rebellion and a realization to the younger generation of what war has meant in memories to the now grey-haired men and women who faced those four long years. Only four of the “Boys in Blue” marched to the beat of the drum to the cemetery before the dew was off the grass Friday morning and planted flags on the graves of their comrades gone before. Soldiers of the world war, sons and daughters of veterans and interested citizens accompanied them. Their small number gave an added tinge of sadness in the realization that the serried ranks are fast dwindling before “the silent Artillery of Time.” There were a number of other veterans who were unable to attend through sickness or physical weakness and this knowledge added to the sadness of the memorable day. In the afternoon the customary exercises were conducted by the members of Four Brothers Post at the grave of the four Lyons’ brothers, for whom the Post was named. In honor of the boys who sleep in Picardy or the Argonne, or who found their long resting place on this side of the Atlantic in the late war, Major S.C. Smith placed floral tributes on the graves of those buried here and in remembrance of those in unknown graves. Rev. D.A. Johnson also deposited garlands in memory of Homer Slaughter, a young colored soldier who met death in France. There were further services and addresses given on Monument Square and at Colonial Hall.
Susquehanna/New Milford – J.C. Greene, of Susquehanna, is hopeful of starting a silk mill in New Milford. Mr. Greene is superintendent of the Susquehanna mill, and says that if he can secure 25 employees in New Milford a mill will be started at once. The tannery building in that place can be utilized. The project is said to be backed by a million-dollar corporation, which already operates fourteen silk mills.
Clifford – Mrs. Henry Dann (nee Ella Maude Stewart) who, with her husband, went to Idaho several years ago is visiting in Clifford. [Ella Maude Steward wrote “Majella, or Nameless & Blind, A Story of the Susquehanna” printed by Lippincott Co., Philadelphia in 1893.] ALSO Memorial services were held in Clifford and graves in the two cemeteries were decorated, after which dinner was served by the ladies of the Baptist church. Only four G.A.R. men were present, viz. David Snyder, George Simpson, Alonzo Abers and Thaddeus Hunter.
Dundaff – A hearing was held at Montrose before Judge A. B. Smith, on the proposition to annul the charter of Dundaff borough and join it with Clifford township. The effort to accomplish this revocation has been underway for a long time, and apparently will not be settled for some time to come. A large number of witnesses from the pretty little borough which was once the leading town of this section were on hand and day and evening sessions were held. The grand jury recently approved the request to annul the charter but the present proceedings are being brought before the court to nullify this action. In the beginning a majority of the citizens joined in the petition to have the charter taken up. Those who have stood as adamant against the proposition have won over some of the original signors, who have now joined them in the effort to preserve the borough. It is contended that enough good men cannot be found to fill the various offices and by joining the township better roads and school facilities could be obtained at less expense.
Thompson – Mrs. Ida Whitney has returned from Susquehanna to her home in Thompson, on South Main street, and opened up a much needed dress-making establishment. Give her a call.
Forest City – Joseph Cavanaugh, of Camp Meade, was home on a short furlough during the week. He is connected with the leading base ball team of the Camp and is the crack twirler for the army boys. ALSO In two consecutive nights a portion of the fence surrounding the No. 2 school has been torn down. The school board will make it lively for someone if the work is continued. Look out boys. ALSO Anthony Kuznik, who spent some time in the airplane service in France, is convinced that he can drive a Ford recently purchased of the Auto Sales and Service company. He says if the tin lizzie does not climb a telephone pole he can manage it.
Uniondale – Isaac Curtis, one of Uniondale’s oldest and best known citizens, passed away on Sunday. He came from old New England stock and his family actively participated in the service of its country since its early history. The grandfather of Mr. Curtis, F. Clark and James Curtis, both enlisted in Connecticut and served in the war of 1812. Both received pensions and a plot of ground in Ohio. His great grandfather Clark was with Washington at Valley Forge and was killed at that place in 1778. Mr. Curtis enlisted when a boy just before the civil war under Capt. Warner and drilled in front of the court house in Montrose. The next fall he enlisted under Capt. Waters, of Dundaff, and was sent to Camp Curtin, where he remained until the time of his enlistment expired. A brother, Jerome, enlisted and served until the close of the war. Later Mr. Curtis married Angeline Payne and they lived together 52 years until her death in 1914, and were the parents of 5 children.
Williams Pond – Fred Lewis and wife have gone to their home at Protection, Kansas for a few months.
Gibson – Leo Manzer arrived home from France where he has been in service for the past year. His many friends are glad to see him home once more.
200 Years Ago from the Montrose Gazette, June 5, 1819.
*WANTED, A lad from 14 to 16 years of age of good morals, and steady industrious habits as an apprentice to the Tanning and Shoe Making business; a boy of the above description who can come well recommended may find an advantageous situation by applying to ISAAC P. FOSTER. Montrose, May 29, 1819.
*STRAY MARE. Came to the Subscriber about the middle of the present month a Black Mare, supposed to be six or seven years old, a natural trotter, square dock rather under size, the owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take her away. OLIVER PAYNE. Gibson, May 29, 1819.
*EGGS! EGGS! CASH paid for any quantity of EGGS delivered at the Store of N. H. and J. LYONS.
Montrose, June 5, 1819.
*NOTICE, Is hereby given that books will be opened by the Commissioners for Susquehanna County appointed by an “act to authorize the Governor to incorporate the President, Managers & Co. of the Philadelphia & Great Bend Turnpike road” at Edward Fuller’s in Montrose on Tuesday the 15th day of June next where one or more of the Commissioners will attend. THOMAS MEREDITH, BENJAMIN T. CASE, WILLIAM WARD. May 22, 1819.
Compiled By: Betty Smith